The Tuesday session of the House Select Committee was conducted by Fourth hearing, January 6, 2008This article focused on Trump and his team’s pressure on state legislators to decertify election. It also discussed how Trump’s fraudulent claims have impacted other elections.
“Claims that widespread voter fraud tainted the 2020 election have always been a lie, Donald Trump knew they were a lie and he kept amplifying them anyway” Chairperson Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
The committee gave background information on Donald Trump’s desire for power, despite his defeat to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
So far, the evidence presented by the committee supports the inference that Trump knew that the election was not stolen. However, Trump chose to lie anyway. John Eastman, along with the lawyer John Eastman, devised a scheme to create a false narrative and trick donors into contributing money.
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These are the key takeaways of the fourth hearing.
Trump demanded that state officials decertify the election
The committee stated that Trump realized he couldn’t stop the counting of absentee votes or overturn the election through lawsuits and began to press the states for decertifying the results.
Trump and his lawyers Rudy Giuliani, Dr. John Eastman and Dr. John Eastman began to ask state legislators to vote for Trump, despite not winning the popular vote. They appeared before them and continued to contact state officials.
Russell “Rusty”Bowers (R), Speaker of Arizona House of Representatives, testified in person that Giuliani & Trump claimed to have theories and evidence of voter Fraud and asked Bowers to host an official meeting at Capitol. Giuliani later admitted they didn’t have the evidence.
Bowers also stated that Trump, Dr. Eastman, and Giuliani asked him to remove or decertify Biden electoral electors in Arizona and replace them, but Bowers refused.
“I said ‘you’re asking me to do something that is counter to my oath when I swore to the constitution to uphold it,'” Bowers said. “And I will not break my oath.”
Bowers stated that Andy Biggs (R.-AZ) called him on January 6, 2021, asking him to reverse the election results.
The scheme to create fake voters
The committee heard testimony that Trump and his team devised the fake elector plan to replace Biden voters with Trump electors in swing state.
It was planned that alternate electors from Arizona and Georgia, New Mexico and Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin would meet secretly at the respective state Capitols in December 2020 to cast alternate ballots.
The ballots had no legal status and were not only approved by the state authorities. On January 6, Senator Ron Johnson asked Vice President Mike Pence to deliver fake elector votes. The request was denied by a Pence staffer.
Ronna Romney McDaniel was the Republican National Committee Chairwoman. She testified that Trump called her to ask for her help in gathering electors.
The fake election plan was apparently the last straw for many Trump lawyers and White House counsel.
Matt Morgan and Justin Clark were former Trump lawyers who testified they backed off the plan after believing it to be illegal.
State officials were threatened with death and harassed
Trump and his team put the personal information of state legislators online in an effort to increase public pressure. They also organized protests outside the residences of several legislators.
Mike Shirkey is the Michigan State Senate Majority leader. He said he received more than 4,000 texts after Trump posted his personal phone number on his Facebook page.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon instructed Trump followers to protest outside Bryan Cutler’s home while Cutler was alone with his 15-year old son.
Jocelyn Benson, Michigan State Secretary of State, was confronted by protestors outside her home. They called Benson “a threat to democracy”, “tyrant,”And “felon”She was putting her child to bed.
Benson, in a prerecorded interview, said that she feared for the safety of her family and wondered if the group outside her home would attack her.
Bowers shared an emotional testimony, recounting how his terminally ill daughter was disrupted by protesters outside their family home. Bowers’s daughter passed away in January 2021.
“The lie hasn’t gone away”
The committee stated that Trump’s claims about voter fraud had a damaging impact on US elections today.
“The lie hasn’t gone away,”Thompson said this before reminding people of a New Mexico case, where one country refused certify the primary election results because of conspiracy theories that voter machines had been rigged.
A court found no evidence of fraud and ordered the county finally to certify the results.
Thompson explained how delicate democracy can be by reiterating how those who believe Trump’s false theories of election fraud seek power.
“Who will make sure our institutions don’t break under pressure?”Thompson stated. “We won’t have close calls we’ll have a catastrophe.”
The next hearing for January 6 will be held on Thursday, June 23, at 9 a.m.
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